Posts Tagged ‘Toyota’
Expensive gas is today’s black cloud of despair for motorists, but there is a ray of light shining through the gloom.
Expensive gas is today’s black cloud of despair for motorists, but there is a ray of light shining through the gloom. Costly energy drives higher efficiency and environmental interest, and it also provides car companies with the motivation to design better products. Toyota began its serious quest for higher mileage and lower exhaust emissions in 1997 with the release of the Prius in Japan. Since its launch in the U.S. market in 2000, the Prius has set the standard for fuel-efficient midsize sedans by delivering exceptional mileage with little comfort or convenience sacrifice. Automobile Magazine test drove the 2008 Prius Touring.
Nothing offensive here, but nothing inspiring, either.
Our tester was a two-door hatchback, a stripper. Seldom do we drive cars anymore with no power mirrors, windows, or locks. No keyless remote, either! Although the Yaris two-door is mildly cute, or funky I suppose, and it might make a good city car for someone who seldom has passengers, I would prefer the four-door hatch. The Yaris has none of the cheekiness and attitude that have made the Honda Fit the darling of the subcompact crowd. Instead, the Toyota simply feels like a basic economy car. Nothing offensive here, but nothing inspiring, either.
U.S. production of the hot-selling Prius hybrid spearheads a number of shifts in Toyota’s factories.
Strong sales of the Prius have forced Toyota to consider building the hybrid within the United States, but now it’s official: the car will be built in Mississippi for U.S. consumption.
The Toyota Yaris has suddenly become a hot seller thanks to its excellent fuel economy and solid Toyota build quality.
The Toyota Yaris has suddenly become a hot seller thanks to its excellent fuel economy and solid Toyota build quality. Through the first half of 2008, Yaris sales are up 39 percent compared to 2007 (sales of the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Suzuki SX4 are up even more), yet Yaris pricing remains competitively low. The liftback version starts at only $11,550 (our liftback tester with a four-speed automatic transmission sells for $14,125), and buyers can order their new Yaris econo-hatch with everything or seemingly nothing.
For those who want to arrive at point B in comfort, the Avalon’s relaxed demeanor makes it great for surviving the suburbs and rush-hour freeways.
True to its character